Strider

Strider Strider has a new habit Whenever we stop he places his paw on my foot It isn t an accident because he always does it I like to think he doesn t want to leave me Can a stray dog change the life of a t

  • Title: Strider
  • Author: Beverly Cleary
  • ISBN: 9780380728022
  • Page: 395
  • Format: Paperback
  • Strider has a new habit Whenever we stop, he places his paw on my foot It isn t an accident because he always does it I like to think he doesn t want to leave me.Can a stray dog change the life of a teenage boy It looks as if Strider can He s a dog that loves to run because of Strider, Leigh Botts finds himself runningwell enough to join the school track team StriStrider has a new habit Whenever we stop, he places his paw on my foot It isn t an accident because he always does it I like to think he doesn t want to leave me.Can a stray dog change the life of a teenage boy It looks as if Strider can He s a dog that loves to run because of Strider, Leigh Botts finds himself running well enough to join the school track team Strider changes Leigh on the inside, too, as he finally begins to accept his parents divorce and gets to know a redheaded girl he s been admiring With Strider s help, Leigh finds that the future he once hated to be asked about now holds something he never expected hope.

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    1. A welcome return to the life of Leigh Botts. Beverly Cleary once again uses tone with faultless control: Leigh has grown up, naturally and believably. The fledgling maturity of his character in coming to grips with his parent's divorce, his nascent attraction to a girl, his self-assuredness; all of it rings true, with the slightest tinge of sadness. There is a bittersweet undertone here not found in "Dear Mr Henshaw", a bit of saying goodbye to the younger way of living life, and for us, leaving [...]

    2. The other day my 8-year-old surprised me by liking a passage in one of her books enough to read it to me with great expression while I was driving the car:“The old man said to the stranger, ‘I gotcha cornered, and I’m gonna tell ya about my dog. Ya gotta listen even if ya don’t wanna. My dog’s coat is sorta rough, but his ears are kinda soft. He knows howta heel. His eyes say, Gimme your attention, gimme your love, gimme a bone. Whatcha think of that? When I walk him, he always hasta l [...]

    3. I home-school my kids and we like to listen to books on cd in the car. (we have a 45 minute drive to just about anywhere we go) We recently listened to Dear Mr. Henshaw on cd. I thought I had read it growing up, but the story was not familiar to me. I really enjoyed listening to it and so did my kids. I was thrilled to hear that there was a sequel.I was even more thrilled to learn that our small local library had it on cd as well. My husband doesn't care to read, but has been recently laid off. [...]

    4. Although this is a sequel, you do not have to read the first book in order to understand what's going on here. I'm 45 -- not exactly Cleary's target audience. However, I found this clever and cute story absorbing. The diary thing has been done to death, though. I wish this book had been published at the time of my parents' divorce.

    5. How did I not know until yesterday that the book I grew up loving with all my heart, "Dear Mr. Henshaw", had a sequel-- and such a worthy one at that?

    6. This was a nice gem, recently found out that there was a sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw and this does a nice job tying up Leigh Botts teenage life. This book is told in diary form and an abandoned dog, who Leigh names Strider, has a starring role. Both myself and my 10 year old enjoyed this book, GOOD READ!

    7. Leigh Botts is a little older and wiser, and he's not writing to Mr. Henshaw anymore, but he's still faithfully keeping a journal and chronicling his daily life, ups, downs and all. When he and his friend Barry discover an abandoned dog at the beach they name him Strider and enter into a joint custody agreement. Life is still a roller coaster, but things are a little easier with a loyal canine to help you get through.I reread Dear Mr. Henshaw for my family book group, celebrating this year Bever [...]

    8. * antennae-waving cockroaches* “Mom, I have a sore throat and I think I have a temperature.” Mom laid her hand on my forehead and said, “Everybody has a temperature. You have a fever.”* For some reason I thought of Barry’s grandmother’s beautiful needle-art knitting with soft, colorful yarns. Without thinking, I said,“Your hair would look nice knit into a sweater.”* “There is too much fat in the prose written in this class. Too many adjectives and adverbs. Your compositions are [...]

    9. Wonderful book !I was a huge Beverly Cleary fan 45 years ago when I was a kid and read all her books, Carolyn Haywood and Frances Lattimore before her, and Judy Bloom afterwards. I decided to revisit a great deal of books that I loved between 1966-1980 and started by taking out an armful of Judy Blume and Beverly Cleary books, this being one of them.I was disappointed to see when I looked for the copyright date it was 1991, so clearly not one I read as a kid, as I was 30 in 1991, but it was defi [...]

    10. I liked this story better than its prequel, probably because of the dog. :-) Leigh Botts is a well-drawn fourteen-year-old boy with flaws and strengths that ring true. I don't think I've yet read an unlikable book by Beverly Cleary. :-)

    11. Beverly Cleary is one of my favorite children's authors. I hadn't realized before that this book is a sequel to Dear Mr. Henshaw, which I loved. It was great to see some of the loose threads in Leigh's life come together as he navigates 9th grade.

    12. One of Beverly Cleary's more serious stories about growing up, friendship, dealing with divorce, and the love of a good dog.

    13. This one is better than the first, but still lacks something significant . It just feels flat and mundane. There is no interesting story to it, just everyday routines. I guess if a child likes dogs, this book might be appealing but I doubt anybody would say that this book changed their outlook on life or inspired them in any way. I did not like it enough to recommend to my kids.

    14. This is a kids book that I picked up for my grandson. It's about a lonesome boy who finds a dog that was dumped at the beach and he brings home. It was okay. You could tell it was written for kids.

    15. Very Refreshing!!!I have read Cleary's books since childhood. Strider is refreshing because she matures the characters. Cleary's books improved my reading skills at a very fast pace.

    16. In this follow-up to Dear Mr. Henshaw, Beverly Cleary gives us a glimpse at Leigh Botts as a young high-schooler. He is still navigating the waters of his parents' divorce and his relationship with his father, but he is also dealing with growing up, making new friends, and dealing with high school. The constant thread of Botts's struggles-- and, ultimately, small triumphs-- is his relationship with Strider, a stray dog to whom he gives a loving home. Along the way, he learns to view other people [...]

    17. This review also appears on my blog, Read-at-Home Mom.Strider is the sequel to Beverly Cleary’s 1984 Newbery Medal winning novel Dear Mr. Henshaw. Now that Leigh Botts is about to enter high school, he no longer writes to his favorite author, but instead he keeps a diary of the important things that happen to him. As high school begins, these events include finding a running dog named Strider, custody of whom he shares with his best friend, Barry, trying to hide Strider from his landlady whose [...]

    18. STRIDER Beverly Cleary “Chariots of Fur”Man’s best friend does it again! Well, it’s been two years since Leigh Botts closed the diary which boys’ writer, Mr. Henshaw, had inspired him to keep. Now he’s taller, more confident, still living in a “shack” with his divorced mom, but totally cool about his trucker dad’s permanent absence from the family portrait. One day at the beach he find an abandoned dog—of a breed which runs and herds other animals. Starving but obedient t [...]

    19. I read this book many years ago, but just recently re read it because I read Dear Mr. Henshaw to my two young daughters and they requested that I read the sequel to them. I was very glad that there was a sequel because I was still feeling sorry for Leigh at the end of DMH. This book takes place two years later and so of course Leigh has matured some and has been able to accept his parents divorce. He's still friends with Barry, the kid with all of the sisters. He makes two new friends in this bo [...]

    20. Strider by Beverly Cleary was about a high schooler named Leigh and his friend Barry who came from the same family situation of divorce during one walk they stumbled upon a dog and named him strider they decided to share custody of the dog and onces high school started the two boys started to split apart, the two main characters where Leigh and Barry, as the story developed things started to happen like Leigh's dad started to stop by more often and then he kept strider most of the time and tried [...]

    21. This is the "eagerly anticipated sequel" to Dear Mr. Henshaw, written over a decade after Cleary's Newberry-winning book. The story of Strider, however, takes place just a few months after the first book finished. Strider follows narrator Leigh through his diary entries, so we don't get any letter entries like in Dear Mr. Henshaw. But Leigh's voice is a strong as ever, as he rediscovers his previous diary and decides to take up the habit again, now as he prepares to enter high school. Strider is [...]

    22. Though I've read Dear Mr. Henshaw countless times through the years, I never realized there was a sequel until recently, when I re-read Henshaw and the library copy had a list in the back of some of Cleary's other books with short descriptions. I have to admit, reading "From the Diary of Leigh Botts" on the first page made me smile -- it felt like finally catching up with a friend. Overall, it's not entirely up to par with the first -- not quite as poignant or elegant in its structure, a little [...]

    23. I read this book right on the heels of Dear Mr. Henshaw, but it still took me a few chapters to get into it. If Dear Mr. Henshaw was at times wistful and sad, with Leigh feeling lonely and despairing, then this book is - for a while anyway - downright depressing. It's sad that Leigh and his father don't have a good relationship, especially since there's a sense that they did before the divorce, even if his dad was on the road a lot. I know it's the last thing that children of divorce of supposed [...]

    24. It's been several years since Leigh Botts last wrote in his journal, but he finds it and starts writing about his freshman year of high school. Things are going good for Leigh - he's got a best friend, Barry, and they're sharing custody of an abandoned dog they found on the beach. But sharing custody of Strider soon gets more complicated than Leigh could have imagined. Can his friendship with Barry survive? And if so, will it mean giving up the dog he's come to love? Again, Beverly Cleary gives [...]

    25. "Problem solving, and I don't mean algebra, seems to be my life's work. Maybe it's everyone's life's work." --Leigh Botts, "Strider", P. 117I would give this book three and a half stars, for sure. The tone in Beverly Cleary's two books about Leigh Botts, "Dear Mr. Henshaw" and "Strider", is very unique. It's not as if he is always sad, but there's an unmistakably poignant sadness behind everything (stemming from his parents' divorce before the story began, I think) that permeates the atmosphere [...]

    26. Fourteen-year-old Leigh and his mother are still living in the "shack" on Mrs. Smerling's property. One day, Leigh and his friend, Barry Brinkerhoff, go to the beach and find Strider, an abandoned dog. Barry takes the dog home, and the boys decide to share ownership. They discover that Strider loves to run. Whenever they walk him, he nips their heels until they are all running. When Barry goes to visit his mother in Los Angeles, Leigh takes care of Strider. The dog proves the perfect companion f [...]

    27. Like its predecessor, Strider is also AMAZING (emphasis on capitalization there) I was really glad when I had found a copy because I don't think it would ever be in the bookshelf of our local bookstore (which only sells latest books)BTW I had bought a copy in a second hand bookstoreNow leigh in the story is a teenager he and his friend Barry found an abandon dog and they made a shared custody of the dog(just like with Leigh and Barry's parents did to them)There was also this girl which is a sort [...]

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